I was raised a Christian Scientist. Both of my parents and both of my grandmothers were class-taught Christian Scientists. Both of my grandfathers attended Christian Science church services. When I was a child, I had many healings from my own prayers and those of my parents. I was generally quite healthy and very active. I also saw and heard of wonderful healings that other Christian Scientists had from prayer alone. However, I didn’t realize the blessings of what I had. I thought everyone was as healthy, strong, and happy as I was.
After I left home, though, the medical route for health care had a “grass is greener on the other side of the fence” attraction for me. It seemed easier to go to a doctor or take a pill than to pray about physical problems. After I left college, there were a number of years of my life when I relied on medical care for my health needs, even though I still relied on prayer in Christian Science for all other challenges and for spiritual inspiration in my life.
During that time the doctors and nurses were kind and helpful, but I became ill more and more often. I began having food allergies, migraine headaches, and other discomforts. The medical community was not always able to bring the protection or quick relief that I remembered having when I was relying on prayer for healing.
Eventually, during this span of years, I had an uncomfortable and unsightly skin blemish on my back, which had been there for about six months. When I went to get an annual physical exam, my primary care doctor visually diagnosed the blemish as a common kind of skin cancer and referred me to a dermatologist.
I immediately began praying for myself, too, because that was still a natural thing for me to do when faced with a daunting challenge. In a couple of weeks, when I was able to see the skin specialist, he also said the blemish on my back appeared to be skin cancer. A biopsy was done on it.
While the doctor was awaiting the results of the biopsy, I began again to study the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. This helped me center my thought on God and His healing Christ, and turn away from the material situation. It brought the Comforter back into my experience. I also continued praying as I had learned to do as a child, giving myself a Christian Science treatment.
When the results of the biopsy came back as “normal” skin, the dermatologist personally called me to ask me to come back in for further testing based on what he had seen. He felt the biopsy results were incorrect. He said that even if the blemish wasn’t cancer, it certainly wasn’t normal skin, and he felt that it was dangerous. I thanked the doctor but told him I was going to rely on prayer to heal this. He was quite concerned about that.
Then I took a stand in my own thought for Christian Science healing. I continued praying to more fully understand my perfection in divine Love. I realized that it was not skin, but “grace that sealed” me, as a hymn by Mary Peter states (Christian Science Hymnal, No. 350). I also continued my renewed study of the Bible and the Christian Science textbook.
I realized that my situation revolved around a belief that there can be a battle between bad and good, between harmony and disease. When I realized this was a false belief because God, good, is omnipotent and can’t be challenged by anything unlike good, I was able to deny any power to evil. All good is spiritual, with no bad elements.
I began my prayers with the ideas found on page 275 of Science and Health: “The starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind,—that God is Love, and therefore He is divine Principle.” In only four days, the blemish on my back, which had been a problem for months, withered up and fell off.
The healing came so quickly through Christian Science! During those few days of prayer and study, I had many old and new insights into the healing power of the Christ. I again felt God’s power and love in my life. I certainly found what Mrs. Eddy wrote on page 567 of Science and Health to be true: “Against Love, the dragon warreth not long, for he is killed by the divine Principle. Truth and Love prevail against the dragon because the dragon cannot war with them. Thus endeth the conflict between the flesh and Spirit.”
Another thing that I believe contributed to bringing about this quick and thorough healing was a commitment on my part to take an unwavering stand in my family and among my friends for the power of the Christ and Christian Science to heal. I began attending the local branch Church of Christ, Scientist, and became an active member. And I invited my co-workers to church, the Christian Science Reading Room, and lectures. I also shared Christian Science literature with those who needed an uplift or who were receptive seekers. I was no longer tempted to believe that there is a power apart from God that is quicker, easier, more effective, or even equal to the power of the healing Christ.
This healing took place about 15 years ago, and there has not been any return of the problem. The other problems that had arisen during the time when I was not fully practicing Christian Science were also quickly and permanently healed through Christian Science treatment.
I am so grateful for the Science of Christ—grateful to Christ Jesus for demonstrating and teaching the healing power of the Christ, and to Mrs. Eddy for discovering and founding Christian Science. In the past decade, as a Christian Science practitioner, I have been witness to more wonderful healings, and I’m so grateful to be able to share my experience with others.